“For, in just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” Hebrews 10:37
The journey of transitioning from an LPN to a Registered Nurse occurred over a period of 12 years. There were many sacrifices required to complete the clinical portion of the nursing school. After meeting the criteria for my academic classes, much to my dismay there was a 2-year waiting list in a 200-mile radius of where I resided. I began to pray earnestly for God to intervene on my behalf. I applied to several out of state schools, and within two weeks God intervened on my behalf. I relocated from New Jersey to Upstate New York where I completed my studies Summa cum laude.
During the time of my educational pursuits, I placed all frivolous and non-essential activities on hold. I quickly ceased working on the weekends, as I watched our class dwindle from 27 to 7 students. Managing a meager budget necessitated visits to the food banks, attending potluck church dinners, and downsizing from a one bedroom apartment to renting a room. Outside of attending church, my spare time was spent in the school’s library. The program required much more than I had ever anticipated. Although we were told to begin our review for the licensure exam in the final year of clinical rotation, I was directed by God to invest in two Nursing exam review books in the first year of my clinical.
My schedule of extensive studying, prolonged my waking hours from 6 am to 11 pm, six days per week. During this time, I remained close to God and He was faithful unto the end. I never experienced mental or physical exhaustion nor did I ever go without my basic necessities of life. I can still remember the day of my final exam and anxiously waiting for the Pass list to post in the Student lounge. As I left the building to take the long walk to the student parking lot, I reflected on the achievement, not the grueling journey. It was one of the coldest December days during that bitter New York winter. As I slowly walked to avoid the icy patches, I was overwhelmed with gratitude and the watery tears became solid ice stuck to my face.
The preparation for eternal life requires more struggle, and sacrifice than I can ever imagine. The 12 years that I spent to become a registered nurse does not compare to the lifelong process of sanctification. Every day I am required to “die daily,” to what God requires for my journey. I will have to choose who and what to let go of as I humbly obey and follow God’s plan. If you crave human companionship, I can testify that “the Christian walk is a lonely walk.” Even so, Jesus has sent a Comforter-the Holy Spirit to provide constant spiritual and emotional support to anyone that asks in His name.
There will come a time when tears will no longer flow from my eyes, the travails of this life will cease, and I will see Jesus face-to-face. Until then, I will reflect on Job 19:25: “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end, he will stand on the Earth.”
The New Jerusalem
Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the old Heaven and the old Earth had disappeared. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look God home is now among his people! He will live with them and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:1,3-4
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for your constant love and guidance as I travel the path that you have laid for me. Please help me to always be faithful and hold on to your hand, no matter the trials and tribulations that I face. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz